Bishop’s exit angers believers
Posted Friday, December 20 2013 at 02:00
PAG has selected an interim team of five members to conduct, handle and coordinate the ministry and administrative matters of Lira Pastorate.
LIRA- The Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG) Uganda, has terminated the services of its Lira Bishop Joel Mukalo, leaving more than 1,300 believers without leadership.
Bishop Mukalo, who has served for five years, is accused of financial mismanagement and poor administration during his tenure.
The Rev Franco Onaga, PAG Uganda’s general secretary, said Bishop Mukalo should step aside to pave way for investigations.
“As far as I’m concerned, there is no bishop in Lira, Bishop Mukalo should step aside for proper investigation against him to take place,” Rev Onaga said.
PAG has put an interim team of five members to conduct, handle and coordinate the ministry and administrative matters of Lira Pastorate.
The interim team members are Reverends Silvanus Ogwal, James Otaka, Thomas Ojok, Peter Paul Okello and John Ogwang Alele.
However, Bishop Mukalo, maintains that it is not yet time to leave pastoral work.
“With support from the Christians, I will continue working, I know Kampala has been collaborating with my enemies here in the pastorate to bring my administration down, but they will not succeed,” Bishop Mukalo said.
The Rev Marconi Belboa Okeng, director of Evangelism at Lira Pastorate, is among those backing Bishop Mukalo.
“Seven years ago, we received testimonies from many Christians, who told us that God spoke to them and said, Mukalo would continue working as bishop for many years,” he said.
The Rev Martin Opwonya, of Adwoki Assembly, says the bishop does not know the implication of his actions.
PAG has about 23 pastorates countrywide.